Les Miles returned home to Baton Rouge late Monday from San Antonio, Texas, where he’d just wrapped up two weeks of filming his role in an indie film about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Angry Men.
It’s the third movie role, however small, that Miles has had in as many years. Is this the beginning of a new career for the former LSU Tigers head football coach?
Likely, not. But it’s a good way to pass the time until another coaching job comes along, Miles says.
“The thing I want to do all the time is coach college football,” he says. “But if I’m taking a pause or this is the end of that in some way then I’m going to have fun and do things in life that I’ve always thought about doing.”
Miles says acting is fun for him, and though he knows he needs to further hone his thespian skills he doesn’t find it all that difficult.
“I think anybody who has had a range of experiences can fall back on any of those things,” he says. “If you’ve laughed or you’ve cried and you are able to draw on those experiences, then acting is something you can be involved in.”
Miles landed the role of a character named Nelson in Angry Men after it was brought to him by his business manager several months ago. He says he read for the part and feels fortunate to have landed it.
“It’s a great movie,” he says. “This was a disaster for the space program and for the country, and being a part of telling a relatively factual story was wonderful.”
Miles’ previous movie appearances included “uniformed officer” in the 2017 movie Camera Obscura, and “Oklahoma Scout #1” in a 2014 sports flick When the Game Stands Tall.
Miles has also been testing his skills on the small screen, serving as a commentator on college football games. Last season, he served as a guest analyst with SEC Network’s morning pregame show, SEC Nation, and also as an occasional host on FOX Sports.
Will he return to the airwaves for the 2018 season?
“I don’t know if we’ll see more of me doing it,” he says. “It would certainly be my intention to pursue a media career. … whatever I do, I want to do it very well.”